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March 09, 2015


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I just came across the word while reading McPhee's piece in the current New Yorker. Thank you for being among the search results when I Googled it.

I kept waiting for you to connect pallesthesia to our experience of cellphones. Was that my cellphone vibrating on my belt? Often yes, but sometimes no--I just imagine it. True and false pallesthesia.

That McPhee piece is a great warning to older writers about using outdated cultural references. He quizzed his Princeton classes about various touchstones of popular culture, all but one familiar to me. They were not familiar to his millenials.

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